Lyft: Oregonians ready for statewide rideshare regulations

According to a poll, the vast majority of Oregon voters are in support of a bill that would establish ridesharing throughout the state.

Posted: May 14, 2019 2:22 PM

SALEM, Ore. — Most Oregonians are ready to see rideshares companies like Uber and Lyft operating throughout the state, according to a new poll conducted by communications firm Strategies 360 and publicized by Lyft.

At present, there is no statewide law regulating rideshares — the result being that the decision has been left to local governments. Ashland and Grants Pass recently passed ordinances inviting in the rideshare companies, which previously could not pick up passengers within the city limits. Many other communities remain devoid of Uber or Lyft.

Legislation at the state level, such as House Bill 3023 which is currently under discussion, could completely change how the rideshare companies conduct business in Oregon.

"When it comes to legislation establishing statewide regulations for ridesharing services, voters are overwhelmingly supportive, both at first ask (82 percent) and after hearing messaging from both sides (77 percent)," the Strategies 360 poll concluded.

According to the communications firm, half of Oregon voters reported using rideshare services, including over two-thirds of Portland voters and almost three-quarters of voters under the age of 35.

"Notably, support for statewide rideshare regulations is just as high among non-riders as it is among those who rideshare regularly. There is no demographic group that opposes this legislation," Strategies 360 said.

Major supporters of HB 3023 reportedly include the Chamber of Medford/Jackson County, the National Sheriffs' Association, the National Federation of the Blind, MADD Oregon, and the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association.

"As the public hearing on HB3023 winds down today, we think it’s important to shed light on the overwhelming bi-partisan, bicameral, support for this bill," said Lauren Alexander, Policy Communications Manager at Lyft.

However, rumblings from Uber and Lyft drivers suggest that many oppose the bill — warning that it will allow the companies to reduce driver compensation and protections that may see greater oversight at the local level. Drivers throughout the country have already staged strikes in protest of perceived exploitation.

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